Unbelievable Show, adjust the levels and the sound is fine...this is a must hear!!!
Billy by this time had, imho, reached the outer planets. His work from late 72-74 was what broke the music through. When he was really on and really into it he can completely dominate any piece or section of music. Based on hearing this bertha I expect this is one the early examples of the super Kruetz. Jerry sounds incredible on greatest story. It almost sounds like a fuze went dead, or wire spliced or something right at :57 of greatest story which affected the recording. Let's see how this plays out. Check out jerry's little diddy at 1:50. Oh my, this solo by Jer is absolutely sick, I don't think I have heard a better Greatest story solo ever wow!!!! ½ Step has a bit more life to it than other early ones. Jerry is really into this show, his little vocal alterations are all over the place. As mentioned in the other reviews this is not the cleanest recording of the year but instead of making it sound worse I feel like it gives it some thick raw flavor. A matrix feel. Thus far I love it, that could just be Jerry singing the crap out of ½ step. With Phil's voice failing, donna's voice being what it was, and one guitar short the rio grande section is pretty much skipable. Jerry makes a valiant effort at saving it during the solo. I suggest making those 50 or seconds like your bathroom break. No lines!:) Bob is a bit out of tune on B.T. Wind, but otherwise this is a particularly nice version. More vocal harmony issues on Bird Song, but it takes Jer exactly 3 seconds to make you forget this is a monster. There is a short cut at 11:30 but its so short you'll barely notice it. And right after you forget b/c the jam really takes off. I am a big fan of 72 Promised Lands, the rockiness of the song was still there pre-wall of sound. There is just alittle more pop to the recordings, I couldn't speak from 1st hand experience. Still this one cuts out a little short for me. For my money I would a post keith promised land any day of the week. Again, I like later deals more than the early ones, this deal is good but it lacks and real kick. The El Paso is jerry noise at its best. Don't like El Paso?
Jerry says: "Listen harder man"
Ah sugaree, not the best by any standard, but still nice to hear, and it is placed well in this set.
All Right! 72 Playing time.oh
god donna@^#%$ Anyway, 10 seconds of that is worth the price to listen to the next 20 minutes. Bob gets into some very fun territory around the 8 minute mark which leads into a ripping section. And Mr. Phil Lesh playing lead bass guitar, unreal playing from Phil, just super sonic. WOW at 12:10, just wow, is this better than Veneta? 12:48, maybe, lets see where they are going with this. Incredible phrasing from bob right around this part, he leads Jer back to the playing theme for a second, usually the other way around. 14:16 are you kidding me? The hands of man or something cryptic?@!? Should I keep going..15:05, ::drools:: At this point I am pretty much like a dog on a leash, oo yea, lets go that way, hey whats this over here I think I will smell it, WHAT WAS THAT NOISE?, were you about to throw that stick, cuz I will run after it. If you can comprehend that, congratulations and welcome to the obsessive grateful dead fan club. Aint a sane one in the room. Perfect re-entry to the song and then oh noÂ.ah! So was it worth donna's howling. You know it! I am going to have to re-listen to this and then throw on a few other favorites from 72-74 b/c that one ranks. Casey jones cuts in late, but not too late, b/c you get to hear Jerry's sweet extra noted solo. Bob nails the harmonies on casey jones. On set break:
Bob-"We'll see ya all then so hang loose" Jerry-"aww sure"
Jerry sound beautiful on he's gone. I am not sure what bob Is up to at the 9 minute mark, but I think I like it. The first 8 or so minutes are very run of the mill for this song, but at the aforementioned 9 minute mark bob moves things in a different direction that eventually the whole band cues into and this he's gone takes its own form. Tell me the little bit Jerry plays at 13:30 isn't something crazy fingerish.
They don't segue into truckin here although the break in music in no more than a second. This truckin gets going with the gusto of primal dead. This truckin is not one of the spaced out jams that come in the following year, and its not the quite powerhouse of the year prior, its just ball busting kick ass grateful dead. Great truckin. Jerry's tone is super chunky on this ramble on. I have a harder time defining the quality of simultaneous thinness and thickness Jerry played with. I know how electronically it was produced, but giving it words??? Check out this BIODTL intro. Reminiscent of another favorite band's sense of humor within the music. Jerry's guitar work on this BIODTL is sublime and thoughtful. One of the better versions I can recall hearing. This black peter is a real treat. The best part is you know its only a matter of time before they pull out something reeeeal big. Judging by the avenues explored during playing one should expect them to be focusing on the cosmos. But first, this black peter nearly brought me to tears, so powerful. Knowing how the saga of Garcia and the Dead played out makes songs like Black Peter overwhelmingly moving, tender, and poignant.
Dark Star starts off innocently enough. Very flowy, "trippy" if you will. Right around the 10 minute mark this Dark Star really moves out of the meandering jam into its own unique spirit. Phil is playing some extremely interesting fills. He and Bob and giving Jerry a huge space to search through while keeping the flow intensely tight and focused. What is the little riff going on at 12:30? Anyone? Phil introduces a new theme in the 13th minute right after a few seconds that sounded like they were taken right out of 11/11/73 DS. Phil's new theme is actually him and billy running wild. One hell of a solo, just incredible. Listen to the change at 15:12 and the band when they fall into place. Another shift is made around minute 17, it is keeping in the same focus as the last 5 minutes but it showing signs of increased intensity. The re-entry at 18:52 is incredible, where it came from, how did they signal it, did they even need to? Even while in deep space in the early/mid 20 minute section phil or billy, or keith, or some combination keeps the rumblings alive, hopefully insinuating a return to some serious intensity before all is said and done. It's minute 26 and Keith is leading the charge from beneath the madness. Minute 27 features Bob forcing the issue, 27:20 features Phil bombs. 28:20 starts the lead in to the last theme. Bob is playing out of his mind at this point. The jam winds down to a little billy time. Back into a fluttering tranquil jam punctuated when all of a sudden Jack Straw. I mean it just sort of happens. Magnificent! Reminds me of another Dark Star floating seamlessly into El Paso.
As much as early J. Straws are nice this song didn't reach its potential for another 15 years. Plus this one cuts out. Sing me Back home is awesome.
In regards to the sound quality issues mentioned. I did some equalizer adjusting to this board and it sounds beautiful. As it stands it's a 3, but you can make it a 4-4.5 with some trial and error.